I have a lot of connected tech in my home. Maybe too much. But a smart doorbell — the Ring Pro, specifically — is one of the keepers.
A $200 doorbell is a little exorbitant. Let’s just get that out of the way now. But as I’ve said time and time again, the Ring Doorbell has quickly become one of those crazy pieces of tech that just works, and that has become damned near indispensable for me and my family.
If you have a door, you’ll want a doorbell that can see what’s going on. And for me that’s been the Ring — OK, Ring Pro, actually. Here’s why:
1. It’ll be your most-used security camera.
I have quite a few cameras on the inside and outside of my house, a side-effect of testing this sort of stuff for a living. For the most part, I could do away with the lot of them.
But not the Ring. While this is going to be different for everyone depending on your layout and circumstances, for my money the front door is where I want to see from. I can see who’s coming to the house before they get there, and I can see who they were should something untoward happen while I’m not paying attention.
The package-on-the-porch scenario is the obvious one. Did the delivery driver even attempt to drop it off? Did someone make off with your Amazon loot while you were at work? Now you’ll know.
But I also use the Ring while I’m home, should I be expecting someone to show up. Because nobody likes surprises.
It’s also great to for knowing when the kids get back from school.
2. It’s not that expensive.
As I said at the outset, upwards of $200 is a lot to spend on a doorbell. But…
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